1.5 Murray and Shovlin - A Catalyst for Change

Report
EFYE, June 2014
Jenni Murray and Abby Shovlin
University of Edinburgh
Session Aims
 Introduction to Edinburgh’s new Induction Team and our
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aims and over-arching strategy
Reflection activity one: Characteristics of a good
Induction
Sharing Edinburgh best practice
Spotlight on Academic Induction
Reflection activity two: Review and reflect on current
Induction practice in your school/programme (reflective
pathways tool)
Take away ‘can dos’
Edinburgh’s New Induction Team
 Two Induction Coordinators: Jenni Murray and Kristin
Hunger
 One Academic Induction Coordinator: Abby Shovlin
 Part of Edinburgh Student Experience Project: to
understand, develop and enrich the student experience at
Edinburgh
 Induction model: (i)holistic, based on Whittaker’s (2008) 4
spheres of induction: administrative, academic, personal
and social and geographic
(ii) longitudinal and student-centred
Edinburgh’s New Induction Team
Challenges
(academic) buy in for a new team and a new approach
Large devolved, silo based, research institution
Resources, budget, timing, staffing and resistance to
change
Our approach to coordination:
Participatory (staff and students), cross-institution,
partnership based, evidence based (quantitative and
qualitative), iterative (framework writing consultations),
celebratory (Gearing Up)
Edinburgh’s New Induction Team
Round Table Approach
Academic
e.g. Personal
Tutor
Administrative
Support e.g.
Student
Support
Officers
e.g.
Matriculation
Team
Student
Central Units
Information
Services e.g.
library
e.g. Student
Recruitment
and Admissions
EUSA
Reflection Activity One
Induction/Orientation/Transition : what is it and what does
it look like?
3 words to describe a good induction:
STUDENT EXPERIENCE PROJECT
Student Surveys Unit, Student Communications, Impact and Evaluation, Peer Support, Web
Team, Applicant Experience, PCIM and more…
UoE, 3 Colleges:
22 Schools
STRATEGY
GROUP
INDUCTION
TEAM
IAD
EUSA
INDUCTION
COORDINATION
GROUP
INDUCTION
SUBGROUPS
INTERNATIONAL
SUBGROUP
Evidence gathering and dissemination
 New Student Surveys
 ESES (Edinburgh Student Experience Survey)
 Learner Journeys: Through Your Eyes
 Focus groups
 Building forums for sharing and gathering feedback
 Staff surveys
EDINBURGH INDUCTION FRAMEWORK
Staff Engagement: Gearing up for Induction
New Approaches
 Extended January Induction
 PGR Cohort Inductions
 Extended Transition Programme for students with
Aspergers
 School pilots
Spotlight on Academic Induction
Aims
Pre-arrival & induction as a
golden opportunity
To pro-actively:
 Tackle ‘gap’ between
expectations of HE and
reality
 Engage students
 Set ground rules
 Build strong independent
learner identities
 Foster sense of belonging
 Facilitate peer bonding
Activity Based Induction
Theory
 Reduce ‘information overload’¹ as transition should be viewed “not so
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much as a time for giving students information, but [as] rather focus[ing]
on developing their capacity to engage” ²
Reduce time spent as a ‘passive’ learner ‘absorbing’ information³
Build pre-arrival and Induction programmes that allow students to sample
and become familiar with learning activities ⁴
Foster student engagement/commitment by involving alumni/ recent
graduates/ current students in Induction activities
“So, if I’m told something I can forget. If I’m taught something I can
remember, it but if I’m involved in something then I can understand it.
Would be what I would say” (P8, ‘Through Your Eyes’)
1.Edwards, 2011, Harvey & Drew 2006
2. Thomas, 2012
3. University of Bradford New Student Induction Guide
4. ibid
Enhanced Academic Induction
Edinburgh best practice examples
Divinity pilot
Small group subject specific activity
based induction
Student Panel
Maths
Consultation to build community
in UG degrees and proactively
tackle transition issues when
studying maths at uni vs. school
Work with SLO to design
Welcome Talk + with maths
challenge
Childhood Practice
EAI
Study skills consultation with
currents students
Custom made Academic Induction for
new students
Linked up with College (direct
entrants)
Health in Social Science
New UG programme
Pre arrival reading
Welcome Talk +
Reflect and review
Reflective pathways model for Induction planning
Closed
Student
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Existing Skills
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Knowledge
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Expectations
Information transmission
Institution centred
Before ‘real’ learning begins
Passive ‘participants’
Fixed, singular and finite
Open
Student centred
Open, extended and ongoing
Part of ‘real’ learning
Activity based
Two way dialogue
Space for identity formation and
clear path for growth
What we expect
from students
Participation
Engagement
Motivation
Critical Thinking
Reflection
Originality
Progress and growth
Ownership and
independence
Academic good
conduct
Peer bonding/group
work
Thank you for taking part in this workshop.
Please do get in touch with us via: [email protected] if
you have any further questions.

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